Community News – June 25

New manager at Friendship Center

Kathy Hedges

Kathy Hedges

Homer Senior Citizens welcomes Kathy Hedges as the Friendship Center manager. Kathy rejoins the HSC team, having previously worked here as activities coordinator. She brings with her a wealth of experience in advocacy, caregiving and program development.
Friendship Center Adult Day Services evolved to address the needs of families in the Homer area that are caring for elderly relatives. Friendship Center provides a safe, caring environment for seniors to socialize and have fun while caregivers use the time to take care of themselves and work if needed.
The adult day program provides multilevel activities that address the interests of each participant. A need has been identified in the community for Friendship Center to provide seven day a week programs with longer hours. This would allow caregivers the flexibility to schedule around work hours. Adult Day Services meets the need for a safe environment that allows family the ability to hold a paying job, which is important because most family caregivers are unpaid, as well as being there for their seniors.
Caregivers are also invited to attend a Family Caregiver Support Group every second and fourth Thursday at HSC. Different presenters speak on relevant topics. There is plenty of time to talk and share ideas, with people who really “get it.” Please call Kathy at 235-4556 with any questions.

Time to celebrate

The Pratt Museum’s board, staff and volunteers invite the community to join in celebrating the recent $900,000 grant from the State of Alaska. The celebration takes place tomorrow, (Thursday) from 5 to 7 p.m. Special invited guests include Sen. Peter Micciche, Rep. Paul Seaton, City of Homer Mayor Beth Wythe and City Council members; and KPB Mayor Mike Navarre and Assembly members. Enjoy cake and refreshments under the tent on the South Side of the Pratt Museum building.

Keeping in touch

Shishana Rourke

Shishana Rourke

Four years ago, the Homer Tribune wrote a article about Shishana Rourke and her college career. Many people have expressed interest in following her adventures. Since she left Homer, Shishana has been working toward a bachelor’s degree in equine studies with a management minor at the University of Montana-Western.
She was recently interviewed for a job at a multiple world champion facility, Fossil Gate Farms in Argyle, Texas. This facility is one of the leading producers for world champion halter horses. They also have a stallion station, where they stand five of the world’s top halter stallions.
Shishana will be mostly working in their three breeding barns and lab. She will be foaling out 40 mares and halter-breaking foals, as well as getting them ready to show through out the United States.
For those of you who would like to follow her adventures, feel free to follow Shishana on Facebook.

Kenai Peninsula Bed Tax Forum

The Homer Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center’s board of directors is holding an informational forum for the proposed Kenai Peninsula Bed Tax Ordinance Thursday, June 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Best Western Bidarka Inn. The public is invited.

Alaska USA receives top honors

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has been selected as the 2013 Small Business Lender of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration and Evergreen Community Development Corporation.
The SBA loan program provides long-term, fixed-rate financing designed for small businesses, and was established to contribute to the economic development of communities. All Alaska community-lending institutions are eligible for the award and the recognition is given to the lender with the highest number of approved loans as of Sept. 30, 2013.
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative with $5.5 billion in assets and nearly half a million members worldwide. The credit union operates 68 branches throughout Alaska, California, and Washington. Learn more at

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